Gare de Lyon
Paris Lyon (or Gare de Lyon) is one of the six large railway termini
Train station
A train station, also called a railroad station or railway station and often shortened to just station,"Station" is commonly understood to mean "train station" unless otherwise qualified. This is evident from dictionary entries e.g...

 in Paris
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, France
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. It is the northern terminus of the Paris–Marseille railway
Paris–Marseille railway
The railway from Paris to Marseille is an important French 862-kilometre long railway line, that connects Paris to the southern port city Marseille via Dijon and Lyon. The railway was opened in several stages between 1847 and 1856, when the final section through Lyon was opened...

. It is named after the city of Lyon
Lyon , is a city in east-central France in the Rhône-Alpes region, situated between Paris and Marseille. Lyon is located at from Paris, from Marseille, from Geneva, from Turin, and from Barcelona. The residents of the city are called Lyonnais....

, a stop for many long-distance trains departing here, most en route to the south of France. In general the station's SNCF
The SNCF , is France's national state-owned railway company. SNCF operates the country's national rail services, including the TGV, France's high-speed rail network...

 services run to the south and east of France. The station also hosts regional trains and the RER
The RER is a rapid transit system in France serving Paris and its suburbs. The RER is an integration of a modern city-centre underground rail and a pre-existing set of commuter rail lines. It has several connections with the Paris Métro within the city of Paris. Within the city, the RER...

. It is served by the Gare de Lyon
Gare de Lyon (Paris Metro)
Gare de Lyon is a station on lines 1 and 14 of the Paris Métro. It is connected to the Gare de Lyon mainline rail and RER stations and is the third busiest station on the network with 30.91 million entering passengers in 2004, made up of 15.78 on line 1 and 15.13 on line 14.-Line 1:The line 1...

Paris Métro
The Paris Métro or Métropolitain is the rapid transit metro system in Paris, France. It has become a symbol of the city, noted for its density within the city limits and its uniform architecture influenced by Art Nouveau. The network's sixteen lines are mostly underground and run to 214 km ...

The station is located in the XIIe arrondissement, on the north bank of the river Seine
The Seine is a -long river and an important commercial waterway within the Paris Basin in the north of France. It rises at Saint-Seine near Dijon in northeastern France in the Langres plateau, flowing through Paris and into the English Channel at Le Havre . It is navigable by ocean-going vessels...

, in the east of Paris.

The station was built for the World Exposition of 1900. On multiple levels, it is considered a classic example of the architecture of its time. Most notable is the large clock tower atop one corner of the station, similar in style to the clock tower of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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 Houses of Parliament
Palace of Westminster
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, home to Big Ben
Clock Tower, Palace of Westminster
Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and is generally extended to refer to the clock or the clock tower as well. It is the largest four-faced chiming clock and the third-tallest free-standing clock tower in the world...


The station houses the Le Train Bleu
Le Train Bleu (restaurant)
Le Train Bleu is a restaurant located in the hall of the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris, France.The restaurant has served drinks and meals to travelers and other guests since 1901 in an ornately decorated setting....

 restaurant, which has served drinks and meals to travellers and other guests since 1901 in an ornately-decorated setting.

On 27 June 1988, a runaway train crashed
Gare de Lyon train accident
The Gare de Lyon rail accident happened on 27 June 1988 when a commuter train inbound to the station Paris-Gare de Lyon crashed into a stationary train killing 56 people.-The disaster:...

 into a stationary rush-hour train, killing 56 people and injuring a further 55.

The station was comically featured in Mr. Bean's Holiday starring Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson is a British actor, comedian, and screenwriter. He is most famous for his work on the satirical sketch comedy show Not The Nine O'Clock News, and the sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Thin Blue Line...


Train services

The following services currently call at Gare de Lyon:
  • high speed services (TGV) Paris - Lyon - Marseille, Paris - Geneva, Paris - Milan etc.
  • intercity services (Téoz) Paris - Nevers - Clermont-Ferrand

Travelling between the Gare de Lyon and other Paris main line stations

For the Gare du Nord
Gare du Nord
Paris Nord is one of the six large terminus railway stations of the SNCF mainline network for Paris, France. It offers connections with several urban transportation lines, including Paris Métro and RER...

, take RER Line D
The RER D is one of the five lines in the RER rapid transit system serving :Paris, France.The line officially runs from the northern terminus Orry-la-Ville – Coye to the southern terminuses Melun and Malesherbes...

 towards Orry-la-Ville-Coye.

For the Gare de l'Est
Gare de l'Est
is one of the six large SNCF termini in Paris. It is in the 10th arrondissement, not far from the Gare du Nord, facing the Boulevard de Strasbourg, part of the north-south axis of Paris created by Baron Haussmann...

, either walk to nearby Quai de la Rapée
Quai de la Rapée (Paris Metro)
Quai de la Rapée is a station of the Paris Métro, serving line 5.Unusually, this station is located at ground level, and is open-air in plan. It was submerged during the historic flood of 1910....

 Métro station for Line 5
Paris Metro Line 5
Paris Métro Line 5 is one of the 16 metro lines built in Paris, France. It crosses the east of Paris from Bobigny to Place d'Italie. It is the eighth busiest line on the network....

 (going north to Bobigny - Pablo Picasso
Bobigny - Pablo Picasso (Paris Metro)
Bobigny - Pablo Picasso is a station of the Paris Métro, the eastern terminus of Line 5 and a stop on Tramway Line 1....

), or take Line 1
Paris Metro Line 1
Paris Métro Line 1 is one of the sixteen lines composing the Paris Métro . It connects the La Défense – Grande Arche and Château de Vincennes stations. With a 16.5 km length, it constitutes an "East-West" route transportation important for the City of Paris...

 from Lyon north to Bastille
Bastille (Paris Metro)
Bastille is a station on lines 1, 5 and 8 of the Paris Métro. It is located near the former location of the Bastille and remains of the Bastille can be seen on line 5. The platforms for line 1 are situated below road level but above the Basin of the Arsenal and Canal Saint Martin in a short-open...

 station and change there to Line 5. This is also another way to reach the Gare du Nord.

For Gare Saint-Lazare
Gare Saint-Lazare
Paris Saint-Lazare is one of the six large terminus train stations of Paris. It is the second busiest in Paris, behind the Gare du Nord, handling 274,000 passengers each day.-History:...

, take Métro Line 14
Paris Metro Line 14
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For Gare Montparnasse
Gare Montparnasse
Paris Montparnasse is one of the six large terminus railway stations of Paris, located in the Montparnasse area in the XIVe arrondissement. The station was opened in 1840, and rebuilt completely in 1969...

, catch a 91 bus, or take the Métro Line 14 to Châtelet and then Line 4
Paris Metro Line 4
Line 4 is one of the sixteen lines of the Paris Métro rapid transit system. Situated entirely within the boundaries of the City of Paris, it connects Porte de Clignancourt in the north and Porte d'Orléans in the south, travelling across the heart of the city. As a result, it is sometimes called...

 to Montparnasse-Bienvenüe
Montparnasse - Bienvenüe (Paris Metro)
Montparnasse — Bienvenüe is a station of the Paris Métro which is a transfer point between lines 4, 6, 12 and 13. It is the third-busiest station on the metro system in Montparnasse at the intersection of the 6th, 14th and 15th arrondissements.-Location:...


It is quickest to walk across Pont Charles de Gaulle or Pont d'Austerlitz
Pont d'Austerlitz
The Pont d'Austerlitz is a bridge which crosses the Seine River in Paris, France.-Location:The bridge links the 12th arrondissement at the rue Ledru-Rollin, to the 5th and 13th arrondissements, at the Jardin des Plantes.- History :...

 to Gare d'Austerlitz
Gare d'Austerlitz
Paris Austerlitz is one of the six large terminus railway stations in Paris. It is situated on the left bank of the Seine in the southeastern part of the city, in the XIIIe arrondissement...


Gare de Lyon in films

The station has appeared in the following films :
  • 2005 : The Mystery of the Blue Train
    The Mystery of the Blue Train
    The Mystery of the Blue Train is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by William Collins & Sons on March 29, 1928 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year. The UK edition retailed at seven shillings and sixpence and the US edition at...

    , an Hercule Poirot mystery novel by Agatha Christie (and its TV adaptation)
  • 2007 : Mr. Bean's Holiday, directed by Steve Bendelack
    Steve Bendelack
    Steve Bendelack is a British film and television director, who has worked primarily on a range of highly-acclaimed comedy programmes.Originally an assistant to Peter Fluck and Roger Law on satirical TV puppet show Spitting Image, Bendelack went on to direct the show in later years...

  • 2010 : The Tourist, directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
    Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
    Florian Maria Georg Christian, Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck is a German film director, best known for writing and directing the 2007 Oscar-winning film The Lives of Others and the 2010 film The Tourist.-Personal life and family:...

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